Fodor's Expert Review Shayamanzi Houseboats

Jozini Tiger Lodge, 1 Main Rd., Jozini, KwaZulu Natal, 3969, South Africa

Cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to lie on your king-size bed and view hippos, water birds, elephants, giraffe, zebra, crocodiles, and even an occasional rhino without even getting up. It's a perfect way to spend a couple of days surrounded by mountains, bushveld, the waters of Jozini Dam, and surrounding Pongola Game Reserve. One of the two houseboats has just six cabins; the other has 10, with tiny en-suite bathrooms, so families and groups of friends could book a whole boat. If time is limited, you could choose a day cruise or sunset cruise.

PROS

  • friendly staff
  • tasty food
  • tiger fishing in season

CONS

  • off the beaten track
  • very hot and humid in summer
  • not all rooms have a good view

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Views
Casual
Countryside
Local Flavor
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 034-413–2299 | 034-413–2396

HOTEL DETAILS

16 cabins
Rate Includes: All-inclusive

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